A brawl broke out between drivers queuing up for petrol in south-east London as panic buying continues amid the fuel crisis.

In a clip filmed at a Shell garage in Sidcup Road, New Eltham, believed to be on Monday afternoon, two men can be seen throwing punches at each other.

The pair move between waiting cars, with a woman quickly rushing over and shouting: "Stop it! What the f**** are you doing?"

One of the brawlers shoves the other into the side of a car and various people then step in to hold them both back.

Another woman shouts: "What the f*** is wrong with you. Get back in your car."

One of the men then begins shouting “he stole my place” and “you hit me in the face”.

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The brawl broke out at a Shell garage in Sidcup Road, New Eltham (

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It is the latest in a series of altercations to take place on petrol station forecourts in recent days.

Another video has gone viral showing a motorist appearing to pull out a knife in a row before being run over.

The dramatic incident unfolded in Welling, south-east London on Monday.

In another incident four men - said to be two fathers and sons - got into a violent brawl at an Esso station believed to be in Chichester, West Sussex.

And a third saw a major brawl at BP Haverstock Hill in Camden, north-west London, on Sunday.

It comes after Downing Street announced it had put the military on standby as part of further measures to address the supply chain issues leading to fuel pumps running dry.

One of the fighters accuses the other of stealing his space in the queue (

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A widespread shortage of truck drivers has led to serious supply problems for retailers and restaurants in the past few months, has meant plentiful stocks of fuel have not reached filling stations.

A warning of fuel supply shortages at the end of last week has led to panic buying, with long lines of cars waiting for hours to fill up, and resulted in pumps in cities across Britain running dry.

The government had already announced plans to issue temporary visas for 5,000 foreign truck drivers, suspend competition laws and entice former drivers back into the industry as part of measures to deal with the labour shortage.

Waiting cars surrounded the two men as the fight broke out (

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It said it would now put a limited number of military tanker drivers on a state of readiness to be deployed if necessary.

"While the fuel industry expects demand will return to its normal levels in the coming days, it's right that we take this sensible, precautionary step," business minister Kwasi Kwarteng said in a statement late on Monday.

"If required, the deployment of military personnel will provide the supply chain with additional capacity as a temporary measure to help ease pressures caused by spikes in localised demand for fuel."

They were eventually broken up by onlookers (

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The army tanker drivers will receive specialised training before deploying to help deal with supply chain issues, the government said.

The demand for fuel has meant that 50% to 90% of pumps were dry in some areas of Britain, according The Petrol Retailers Association (PRA), which represents independent fuel retailers who account for 65% of all the 8,380 UK forecourts.

The fuel industry says there is no shortage, and the issue is transporting petrol and diesel to forecourts.

"As many cars are now holding more fuel than usual, we expect that demand will return to its normal levels in the coming days, easing pressures on fuel station forecourts. We would encourage everyone to buy fuel as they usually would," said a joint statement from fuel firms.

However, hauliers, gas stations and retailers say there are no quick fixes as the shortfall of truck drivers - estimated to be around 100,000 - was so acute, and because transporting fuel demands additional training and licensing.

The government said it was also extending specific HGV (heavy good vehicle) licences, which allow drivers to transport fuel, for those whose permits were due to expire in the next three months to allow them to keep working without having to take refresher courses.

Transport Minister Grant Shapps said they were already seeing an easing of demand at gas stations as the public responded to the message not to buy fuel unnecessarily.

The Mirror has contacted the Met Police in relation to the New Eltham incident.

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